Chattahoochee Tech News

 

Chattahoochee Tech Students Make Rocket a Reality

(Jasper, Ga. – June 7, 2013) There are few things that Chattahoochee Technical College Instructor Dave Taylor has not been asked to weld or join with his skills as a welder. From furniture and construction materials to gates and customized materials, Taylor teaches his students at the Appalachian Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College that skills in welding will take them on a wide variety of career paths.

So when the request came in to build a rocket, Taylor was not exactly surprised. Using a design developed by Southern Polytechnic State University and supplies donated by Lockheed, Taylor and his students began crafting a rocket that would eventually measure 11-feet in height.

“It was a great learning experience for my students,” said Taylor. “We used techniques that had us using rolled material in unconventional ways and fabrication techniques and riveting procedures that were unique to the students.”

The rocket will be on display at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics – a STEM-certified elementary school, which uses a mascot theme of rockets for its message about the future. The project was a cooperative effort of all its educational partners from the Cobb Educational Consortium.

Chattahoochee Technical College’s Welding and Joining Technology program includes topics of shielding metal arc, oxyacetylene, tungsten inert gas, metallic inert gas, oxyfuel gas cutting, plasma arc cutting and gouging. Students also learn about metals, electrodes and filler materials. Some time is spent in traditional classroom settings, but the major emphasis is development of welding skills through actual hands-on practice. Housed at the college’s Appalachian Campus in Jasper, the diploma level program consists of 50 credit hours.

The rocket did not travel to the moon and back, but it was transported to Marietta by the college’s Commercial Truck Driving program. It will be installed on the school’s roof during the summer and dedicated in a ceremony this fall.

Categories: Announcements and Program News.

Chattahoochee Technical College Logo

980 South Cobb Drive
Marietta, GA 30060
770.528.4545

© 2013 Chattahoochee
Technical College
All Rights Reserved
An Equal Opportunity Institution

A Unit of the Technical
College System of Georgia.


Appalachian Campus
100 Campus Drive
Jasper, GA 30143
706.253.4500

Austell Campus
1578 Veterans Memorial Highway
Austell, GA 30168
Classroom-Only Location
No Office Hours

Canton Campus
1645 Bluffs Parkway
Canton, GA 30114
770.345.0172

Marietta Campus
980 South Cobb Drive
Marietta, GA 30060
770.528.4545

Mountain View Campus
2680 Gordy Parkway
Marietta, GA 30066
770.509.6305

North Metro Campus
5198 Ross Road
Acworth, GA 30102
770.975.4000

Paulding Campus
400 Nathan Dean Boulevard
Dallas, GA 30132
770.443.3600

Woodstock Campus
8371 Main Street
Woodstock, GA 30188
Classroom-Only Location
No Office Hours